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Bank Bandit Leaves Behind Demand Note with Prints; Suspected of Robbing Same Bank 4 Times

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

David E. Gregory, 57, walked into the Chicago Community Bank at 52 East Lake Street in Chicago, Ill. at around 9:30am on Sept. 30. He handed the teller a note which said he had a gun and a bomb, and demanded money from the teller’s drawer. Gregory walked out of the bank with $631 in cash, but left behind the note.

The FBI reports that Gregory was arrested on Friday without incident by members of the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), who had determined through forensic work that the demand note left behind at the scene had a latent fingerprint belonging to Gregory.

Gregory is also suspected of robbing the same bank on three other occasions–August 12, September 16 and October 12–though he has not yet been charged in those incidents. He is being held without bond until his next court hearing, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at 2:30 in the afternoon. He faces a possible 20 year jail sentence.

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How Sleuths Cracked the Anthrax Mystery Via Genetic Fingerprints

One of the real anthrax letters in 2001/fbi photo

By Daniel de Vise
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Inside a Rockville laboratory, a team of scientists labored in round-the-clock shifts to do something many colleagues thought impossible: decode the genetic “fingerprint” of a deadly anthrax sample to help the FBI solve a case.

The researchers had been swept into Amerithrax, the massive federal investigation into the 2001 anthrax mailings, and they yearned for a breakthrough. But finding unique markers in the organism’s vast genetic code was a long shot.

The big break came in a small package: tiny test tubes, delivered by the FBI, from a military lab at Fort Detrick in Frederick, where lab workers had spotted a series of odd-looking bacteria colonies. Those oddities would help the Rockville scientists decipher the genetic signature of the anthrax used in the nation’s most serious bioterror attack.

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Doctor Gets 1 Year in Prison For Altering Fingerprints of Illegal Immigrants

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

They say fingerprints never lie — that is unless they’re altered.

Enter Dr. Jose Elias Zaiter-Pou, 62, a Dominican doctor.

Zaiter-Pou was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston to one year and one day in prison for conspiring to conceal illegal immigrants from detection by altering their fingerprints, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston said. He will also be deported after serving his sentence.

Authorities say that Zaiter-Pou met a government informant at a hotel in Woburn, Mass., 11 miles north of Boston, and agreed to alter fingerprints for $4,500.

The doctor brought with him surgical equipment, antibiotics and pain medication.

Authorities said during the meeting, which was audio and video recorded by law enforcement, Zaiter-Pou described how he would remove part of the fingertip, then suture the tip back together to make a new, unrecognizable fingerprint.

Drug Trafficker Had Surgically Altered All 10 Fingers to Obliterate Prints

fingerprint-smaller-versionBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

From all outward appearances, William Wallace Keegan’s sentence in Phoenix last week was nothing out of the ordinary: a big time drug dealer getting hit with a life sentence after a long career in the drug trade.

But what made his case stand out was the evidence at trial in June which showed that the 62-year-old (aka Richard Alan King) of Harbor, Fla., had all 10 fingers surgically altered in the 1990s to obliterate his fingerprints above the first joint, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Despite his unusual effort, a DEA press release said an agency forensic print analyst was still able to “match the lower joint fingerprints” to confirm his true identity.

Evidence during trial also showed that Keegan, along with others,  obtained cocaine in Arizona and transported most of it via the U.S. Postal Service to New York between November 2005 and January 2008.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton sentenced him to five concurrent life sentences for drug trafficking and 240 months for money laundering.

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